This was expressed by the mayor of the city, on a new anniversary of the first atomic bombing of the world.
Hiroshima recalled on Friday its 76 years of having suffered the world’s first nuclear attack and the mayor of the Japanese city called on global leaders to unite to eliminate atomic weapons, in the same way that they are now united against the coronavirus.
Mayor Kazumi Matsui urged the rulers of the planet to commit to nuclear disarmament with the same seriousness with which they are facing the pandemic, which the international community recognizes as a “threat to humanity.”
“Nuclear weapons, developed to win wars, they are a threat of total annihilation which we can certainly end, if all nations work together, ” Matsui said. “No sustainable society is possible with these weapons continually ready for indiscriminate slaughter.”
Mayor Kazumi Matsui urged the rulers of the planet to commit to nuclear disarmament. Photo: AP
August 6, 1945
The United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, destroying the city and killing 140,000 people.
Three days later daring a second bomb on Nagasaki, causing another 70,000 deaths. Japan surrendered on August 15, ending World War II and nearly half a century of its aggression in Asia.
But nevertheless, several countries accumulated atomic weapons during the Cold War and the impasse persists to this day.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force after years of civil negotiations in which the survivors of the nuclear bombings, called hibakusha.
But although more than 50 countries have ratified it, highlights the absence of the United States and from other nuclear powers as well as Japan, which since the end of the war has had the backing of US atomic weapons for its defense.
The Prime Minister of Japan leaves a wreath at the memorial service. Photo: AP
Matsui insisted on his demand that his own government sign “immediately” and ratify the treaty and join the talks, to live up to the long-cherished wish of the bomb survivors. He also demanded that Japan provide productive mediation between nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states.
The first Minister Yoshihide suga, who attended the ceremony in Hiroshima, did not mention the treaty and instead emphasized the need for a more “realistic” approach to bridge the gap between the nuclear and non-nuclear states and strengthen the NPT. Later in a conference From the press, Suga said he had no plans to sign the treaty.
“The treaty lacks support not only from nuclear-weapon states, including the United States, but also from many non-nuclear-weapon countries, ‘Suga said.” What is appropriate is to look for a passage to realistically promote the nuclear disarmament”.
The Games and a minute of silence
Survivors and the Hiroshima Municipality had proposed to the IOC to invite the athletes of the Games to join the minute of silence from Tokyo.
However, IOC President Thomas Bach did not accept the proposal and replied that the closing ceremony of the Games, next Sunday, will give the opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of all events tragic stories.
“It is disappointing, although we appreciate the fact that President Bach visited Hiroshima” before the Games, said Tomohiro Higaki, a senior city official.
Source: María Yamaguchi of Associated Press and EFE